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Visiting Pittsburgh’s Phipps Conservatory

Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory

This post is sponsored by Tripadvisor. While I may have received monetary compensation, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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If you didn't know, my family loves to travel. It's something that we take seriously, and something that we do at least a few times a year. This year we decided to take a trip to Pittsburgh and visit some friends. Now of course my first move when planning a family trip is to jump on Tripadvisor. Keeping to my routine, this was my first move after we decided to visit Pittsburgh. And you know what? I learned something. We hope that you love this Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory post.

In the past, I've always used Tripadvisor to book things like hotels and car rentals. I didn't know that you can also book experiences at your destination (did you know?). It turns out that this is something that you can absolutely do. Tripadvisor has partnered with local businesses and attractions in cities everywhere. When I took a look at Pittsburgh, the Phipps Conservatory immediately jumped out. I had heard it was a must see from a friend, so I immediately booked a visit…right from my computer. Give it a try, it's super easy to book an adventure.

Phipps Conservatory

Set within the green grass of Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been providing a unique experience since 1893. The facility encompasses 15 acres and includes a 14-room glasshouse and 23 beautiful gardens. Visitors experience industry-leading green practices, stunning seasonal flower shows and events, exclusive exhibits, an award winning cafe, and more. This historic landmark is just a few minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

Now rather than trying to describe the conservatory with words, lets instead take a tour with pictures….

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Gardens of Sound & Motion is the current special exhibit at Phipps Conservatory. Immerse your senses as immersive soundscapes, visual art, and kinetic motion installations come to life. If you are interested in this show you need to hurry; Gardens of Sound & Motion closes on September 30.


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The butterfly room was a HUGE hit with the kids, and pretty neat to experience as an adult. There are TONS of butterflies and flowers.

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I see you!

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You will encounter these strange glass beings as well. Don't let them take you to the mother ship!

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Open year round, the Orchid room boasts both true species specimens as well as hybrids.

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You will find art installations scattered throughout your tour of the conservatory.

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If you look close, you just might catch a bumble bee doing what they do best.

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Just some pretty flowers…

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Be careful; someone is watching…

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Wonderful smelling lavender.

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There is a large bonsai collection over by the Japanese garden.

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Young budding scientists can learn all about the world around them at various installations throughout the conservatory.

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Grab your camera and take a photo in Cuba!

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You will find lots of little spots that keep a smile on a child's face.

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The gardens are both indoor and outdoor.

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More pretty flowers….

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They even have a desert room.

We hope that you are inspired by this Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory post. Happy travels!

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  1. This is just so pretty! I love visiting conservatories, you really learn a lot! I haven’t been to Pittsburgh when in the US, but will try to visit the next time.

  2. Robin rue

    That sounds like a great place to visit! I would love to go there someday.

  3. First off your photos are a-MAZ-ing. So many cool things to see and experience at the Pittsburg Phipps Conservatory. The butterfly picture was so neat with how close the details of it were. I would love to visit there at some point with the family.

  4. What a fun and scenic trip! I haven’t used TripAdvisor in awhile – I may get back on that! I recall that it had a lot of hidden gems that weren’t as popular but were absolutely amazing!

  5. This looks lovely! A good excuse to visit Pittsburgh 🙂

  6. Really gorgeous! I would love to visit here with my kids!

  7. Though I’m a regular at TripAdvisor, I didn’t know it ! And your pictures are gorgeous. Those flowers look so colorful & fresh. 🙂

  8. This conservatory looks amazing. I love visiting conservatories, they take you a little close to nature.

  9. what a scenic little adventure! it’s so pretty there, I love places like this!

  10. What an amazing venue! I love exploring places with my family too.

  11. Valerie Robinson

    Awww, I love it! And you got some amazing images!

  12. Wow, that is so amazing! There is a garden near me, but nothing like this!

  13. Peter

    Wow what an amazing garden. I could get lost in there for hours I’m sure. I’m not too sure if we have anything like that in my city

  14. Daphne' Adams

    This garden is so beautiful. I can imagine that the pictures don’t do it just!

  15. The Pittsburgh Phipps Conservatory has got to be one of the most beautiful man-made place that I have seen, it’s so colorful and serene.

  16. What a beautiful conservatory. I love places like this. A great place to spend a day with family and friends.

  17. This is just so impressive! I love how many different things there are to see. They’ve really arranged everything beautifully.

  18. What a beautiful place! I could spend hours just admiring the nature they have in there. Your pictures are really gorgeous, too – GREAT photography!

  19. Amy

    What a beautiful place to visit. I’d love to check this place out with my family.

  20. krystal

    Those images are so vibrant – what a beautiful place to see in person! I’d love to go.

  21. I never thought conservatory would have so many plants. I honestly thought it was something for music. I guess I learn something new!

  22. This conservatory looks like a great place to visit and explore. The butterfly is beautiful! I also love the old time car, what a beauty. This is something I would enjoy visiting some time.

  23. Wow! What an amazing place to explore with the kids!

  24. Pittsburgh is not too far from me. We are members of the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and based on the beautiful photos I will have to make a trip to check these gardens out too. Love the tall purple and yellow stalks in one of your pics!

  25. Sherry

    I would love to visit this conservatory. It’s so beautiful. We have a small butterfly one in my town. I love to take pictures of nature.

  26. Peter

    This looks so lovely. I would definitely make a trip there is I’m ever in Pittsburg.

  27. Honestly, this place wouldn’t be on my list of Pittsburg activities, but after your photos, I’ve totally changed my mind. What a beautiful place and great destination for the family.

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